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Thermaltake Chaser MK-I VN300M1W2N

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Pros: Big, Good Cable Mangement, Unique Appearance, Great Cooling, Nice Window

Cons: Hard to match same fans, looks may not be your taste

First review, so be kind thumb.gif

I bought this case as an upgrade from my NZXT Gamma. I liked the gamma, but with my 11.4" 6950 and my non modular PSU, airflow was really not a strong point. I was looking for a case with good air flow and cable management, and I found that with this case. I'm not a fan boy or anything as I'm pretty new to this whole PC world, but these are my impressions.

Case came with two 200mm fans, one set on the top and one in the front. Both have multicolored LEDs controlled by the front panel. I personally keep my tower on the floor under my desk, so I would have never seen the top fan's LED's, so I moved it to the side panel (which isn't included) and that was relatively easy. I used some 140 and 120 fans from my old case to fill in the gaps and I've got some really awesome airflow in this thing. I can say the difference from the low to high settings is about 1C, so I'd reccommend keeping the 200's on low, just for volume issues. I liked that it has dust filters pretty much everywhere.

The cable manaement has been awesome, with lots of space behind the mobo tray, you can tie up your unused or longer cables and forget they are there. It's really clean, has a nice look on the inside, and air hits all the important things. It's got room for WC if you're doing that, but I can say it supported my 212 plus EVO with plenty of room.

The only real con isn't one for me. It's not your standard case. Some people are going to say that the blue front and internal stuff is strange or too Sci Fi, but to me, it's unique and pretty cool. One of my buddies actually called it a "slut" because it was "sexy and scandulous" LOL. I like the fact htat it's got feet on it, so it stays up off the carpet for the PSU and optional bottom fan.

Overall I've been very impressed and plan to use the case for a long time. It's strudy, has great airflow, and I personally like the look. I know thermaltake has a dodgy rep when it comes to their cases, but I can say that they struck gold with this one. The price point is fair, and it's got great options. That's my two cents, hope it helps! thumb.gif

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Pros: Fits huge aircooler, fits huge GFX cards, very good build quality, stock fans very silent, USB 3.0 header, dustfilters, room for 24cm RAD

Cons: Thermaltake does not supply 200 mm fans that fit the case, EU support is absolutely horrible.

To start off with my main opinion; I am very happy with this case. It does everything I wanted from a case. The looks is what might kill it for potential buyers. You either really like the looks or you really don't. This case gives me loads possibilities. It has good cablemanagement, you can set the spee and LED colour with the standard fancontroller, it has a HDD docking station, the case was one of the first cases to actually have a USB 3.0 front panel that makes use of the header on the motherboards, You can fit huge aircoolers and also huge GFX cards (and the 200 mm fans will still fit). For those that want to add watercooling the top is removable and can house a 24 cm radiator. It has multiple added slots to put in extra fans (additional to the stock ones). The built quality is good. It was a pleasure building my PC in it and using it up untill today and I personally love the looks of it.

The case has a few slight downsides. Thermaltake does not supply 200mm fans in Europe to put in the slots for the extra 200mm fans. You have to buy fans like the Cooler Master Megaflow 200 mm fans which will fit. Also the added rack to put in cardreaders in the 5,25 inch slots lacks the appropriate screw holes. Nothing tiewraps can't fix, but still a bit sloppy. And last of all; contacting customer support in some EU countries is absolutely horrible.

Overall I am still very happy with it and the price was very competing. Cases that have similar specs are a lot more expensive. thumb.gif
Thermaltake Chaser MK-I VN300M1W2N
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Case Type Full Tower Material SECC Front Bezel Material Combination of plastic and high air flow mesh Color Interior: Black Exterior: Black Side Panel Swivel Door with Tranparent Window Motherboard Support 9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX) 12” x 9.6” (ATX) Motherboard Tray No 5.25" Drive Bay 4 Ext. 3.5" Drive Bay By using 5.25" to 3.5" Converter Int. 3.5" Drive Bay 6 Expansion Slots 8 Front I/O Ports USB 3.0 x 2 USB 2.0 x 2 eSATA connector x 1 MIC & Speaker (support AC’97 & HD Audio) Cooling System Front (Intake) : 200 x 200 x 30 mm Colorshift fan x 1 (600~800rpm,13~15dBA) or 120 x 120 x 25 mm x 2 (optional) Rear (Exhaust) : 140 x 140 x 25 mm TurboFan, 1000rpm, 16dBA or 120 x 120 x 25 mm x 1 (optional) Top (Exhaust) : 200 x 200 x 30 mm Colorshift fan x 1 (600~800rpm, 13~15dBA); 200 x 200 x 30 mm x 1 (optional) or 140 x 140 x 25 mm x 2 (optional) or 120 x 120 x 25 mm x 2 (optional) Bottom (Intake) : 120 x 120 x 25 mm x 1 (optional) Side (Intake) : 200 x 200 x 30 mm x 1 (optional) Liquid Cooling Capable Yes Liquid Cooling Embedded No Power Supply Supported Standard ATX PSII Power Supply Power Supply Included No Dimension (H*W*D) 567.9 x 237.0 x 581.6 mm 22.4 x 9.3 x 22.9 inch Net Weight 12.3 kg 27.1 lb Security Lock for peripherals only Application Suitable for gaming, enthusiast, DIY and modding

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